Text-structure instruction in the upper elementary grades: an intervention study

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Over the past decades, many studies have been conducted on reading comprehension instruction. However, these scientific insights only partially resonate in Dutch actual classroom practice. For instance, although various meta-analyses have shown that text-structure instruction has positive effects on students reading performance (e.g., Hebert et al., 2016; Pyle et al., 2017), Dutch teaching materials for reading comprehension pay very little attention to text structure (Bogaerds-Hazenberg et al., 2017). Therefore, the text-structure intervention TOP! was designed in collaboration with four primary school teachers. In this intervention program, students receive instruction about four expository text structures (compare-contrast, cause-effect, problem-solution and chronology) and learn how to summarize each of these structures with graphic organizers. The effects of TOP! are currently tested in a quasi-experimental study with 201 Dutch pupils in grades 4 to 6. We report on the first results of this study by discussing the impact of text-structure instruction on comprehension, metacognition and reading motivation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2019
EventGrote Taaldag -
Duration: 2 Feb 2019 → …


ConferenceGrote Taaldag
Period2/02/19 → …


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